Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Re: Backup api.

Hello, Stef!

I'm the maintainer of the current backup software pre-installed in Ubuntu (deja-dup).

That menu item is installed by deja-dup via a nautilus extension.  Feel free to copy that code and use it for your own software (it's GPL and small).

As for a generic integration API, I feel like that would fall under the trap of "one more standard" that would suffer from buy-in.  Like, I don't think you'd get many of the various backup authors to be interested.  Nor would there likely be interest from several of the desktop environments, who might want a more tightly coupled experience (I can imagine GNOME only wanting to cater to a GNOME Backup program for example).

-mt

On Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 5:41 AM, Stef Bon <[email protected]> wrote:
Hi,

I'm a developer of a backup project. It's called fuse-backup, and aims to provide easy access to backup and earlier versions through a fuse filesystem.

It's using btrfs to create snapshots, sqlite to keep track of what has been changed ans what versions of a file are available, and a fuse fs to provide easy access and a simple interface to manage backups.

One of the things I want to achieve is integration with Dolphin, the filebrowser in KDE. I want to make it possible to add an option to the context menu per file to show versions. The most I want is that Dolphins expands the file with all the versions available.

See:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/fusebackup/

The screenshots will give some explanation I hope.

I've been looking at the existing versioncontrolplugin API  of Dolphin, but it looks like I need something else. Now on one my computers I have the latest Ubuntu desktop version installed, and I see that in the filemanager in Unity there is already such an option:"Revert to Previous Version...".

You are ahead of me !
But isn't it a good idea to develop a common api to deal with various backup sollutions?
To work with different filemanagers and different backup software?

Stef Bon
the Netherlands



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